Ashover, Derbyshire Family History Guide

Ashover is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire.

Other places in the parish include: Doehole.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1621
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1667

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Ashover

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHOVER, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub district in Derby. The village stands in a deep narrow valley, near the rivers Amber and Milntown, 3 miles WNW of Stretton r. station, and 7 SSW of Chesterfield. It is a place of great antiquity; had a church at Domesday; and was once a market-town. Fairs are still held at it on 25 April and 15 Oct.; and it has a post office under Chesterfield. Lace-making is carried on. Tambour-working and stocking-weaving also were once prominent; but the former has ceased, and the latter is declining. The township includes the village, and is in the district of Chesterfield. Acres, 9,180. Real property, £9,732. Pop., 2,351. Houses, 542. The parish includes also the chapelry of Dethwick-Lea, in the district of Belper. Acres, 11,290. Real property, £13,206. Pop., 3,286. Houses, 748. The property is much subdivided. Limestone is quarried; and lead ore was formerly mined. Overton Hall was the seat of Sir Joseph Banks, the president of the Royal Society. Dethwick was the seat of the Babingtons; one of whom was executed for treason against Queen Elizabeth. Lea Hurst, a fine Gothic mansion, is the seat of the Nightingales. Robin Hood's Mark, a rocking-stone about 26 feet in circuit, is on a slope of Ashover Common; and the Turning-stone, a remarkably shaped block 9 feet high, supposed to have been an object of Druidical veneration, is about 200 yards further off. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £540. Patron, the Rev. J. Nodder. The church was built in 1419, and recently repaired; is surmounted by an embattled tower, and a handsome spire; has a grand window of stained glass, set up in 1845; and contains tombs of the Babingtons and two brasses. an endowed school, at High Ashover, has £28, and other charities £12. The p. curacy of Dethwick-Lea is a separate benefice. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels. The subdistrict of Ashover is in Chesterfield district, and contains two parishes, and parts of three others. Acres, 21,234. Pop., 10,757. Houses, 2,106.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ashover, 6 miles N.E. Wirksworth. P. 3482

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

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County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Chesterfield
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Ashover
Poor Law Union: Chesterfield
Hundred: Scarsdale; Wirksworth
Province: Canterbury